26 April 2017

summer styles for my hipster and prep boys


How handsome are these fellas? This post is all about my two sons. Last week Bonobos contacted me about doing a post and knowing that my boys' styles are SO Bonobos that I thought I could do an update on their lives as well as pick out some styles that are perfect for my hipster (oldest) and my prep (youngest).

For his 9-5, or 9 months, Nicholas wears fatigues as an Army Corporal and Expert Infantryman. He will be training all summer so we will not see much of him but he is based just a few hours away so he can pop home for a long weekend when he has time. Since he was about 16 he's been a hipster in his private life. His jeans were so tight that we are still slightly concerned we may not have grandchildren. ;)
As he's aged, his jeans are a tad less tight and he will wear more Ralph Lauren (he was raised by me after all).  As you can see, he loves him some short sleeve button-ups with jeans. Bonobos has a summer weight jean, which is perfect for when he comes to Atlanta. I think Nicholas will buy everything on the list I made for him.


This young man has a big month next month. He graduates from high school! After online schooling causing him to get behind we are all set to be finished with high school. I'm not sure what is next for him but we'll figure it out. Bryson was always my nerdy super casual dresser until recently. He almost refused to wear a polo because he had to wear them as part of his school uniform in elementary and middle school.
That is until on 90's Day for Spirit week at school. I was thinking of how the guys dressed when I was in high school and that was either a LL Cool J big pant thing or Zach Morris on Saved By The Bell *swoon* with his jeans, t-shirts topped with OCBD's. So I laid that out for him and honestly that's become his style. He wears either plain shirts with different type of OCBD's with jeans or khaki's but sometimes he pulls out his nerdy gaming shirts that he tops with OCBD. He's becoming my prep...almost! Check out Bry's perfect Bonobos outfits here.

Let me know what you purchase from Bonobos!

14 April 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today
April 14, 2017

Outside my window... It's a perfect spring day-sunny and mid-80's with tons of pollen, which is driving my allergies crazy.

I am thinking about... how blessed we are this Easter weekend. If you believe the bible, which I do, then you believe Jesus died on the cross today to be risen on Sunday.  

I am thankful... that my son is home safely from Iraq and has been visiting us off and on. I'm so proud of him and though I still worry, it's not as much as it was when he was deployed.

I am wearing... dress, cardigan (similar), shoes (to/from work), work shoes, necklace (similar), watch, bracelet, lipstick, nail polish, perfume, (will climb into these when I get home!)

I am going... home early! Woohoo!

I am hoping... to lose some of the weight I gained over the winter.

In the kitchen... breakfast was breakfast burrito, lunch was peanut butter crackers since I'm leaving early, and dinner will be baked beans, coleslaw, and cornbread.

I am reading... Miss Buncle's Book (per Anna's recommendation), She Reads Truth, and the latest issue of Garden & Gun magazine.

Favorite Quote... "A capacity and taste for reading gives access to what has already been discovered by others." ~Abraham Lincoln, whom was shot 151 years ago today

A peek into my day... my youngest son, husband, and oldest son

19 March 2017

Hey There!

Surprise! I'm sure you're surprised to see this pop up on your bloglovin' feed or Facebook. I had some time today so I turned on Perry, grabbed a sweet tea, and opened my laptop. I just love Perry; he relaxes me. Are your windows open? We've been able to have ours open much of the winter. I think we turned the heater on about 8-10 times all "winter" long! We just add an extra blanket and socks at night but we've still been keeping our windows cracked open as we've found we sleep so much better with chilly air in our bedrooms.

Guess who was in town for the last month? My oldest son! He arrived back from Iraq at the end of January but wasn't able to come home until 3/9 (right before his birthday). Side note: I have an uncle on my dad's side that only came home twice a year from D.C. where he worked as press secretary for a senator. The joke was that he only came home to Kentucky when he would get gifts, his birthday in August and Christmas. Anyhoo, when we found out that Nicholas was coming home we were happy but when we found out he'd be home for a whole month we were ecstatic! He left Friday. Typically on his visits he spends most time with friends but it was the reverse this trip. He spent every weekday/night with us and weekends with friends. So we had lots of time with him. Saturday's are now errand day and Sunday's are church and preparing for the week.

We've also had a lot of sickness going around. Stomach bugs, colds that last 10 days, sciatic nerve irritated, and now pollen causing headaches, coughs, itchy and watery eyes are the symptoms causing annoyance. Oh Georgia.

Does anyone know of a Blogger app that actually works? I'm having issues with the one I've been able to find. I'm having to go back and forth from my iPad to computer for awhile, and since I rarely have usage or the want of using it after a long day of work, I'd rather do it all on my iPad and keyboard. I signed a contract that I would not do anything personal on our company's computers and I do not take a lunch so that I can leave an hour early.

Can I admit that I have not been as focused on The Lord this Lent? I do not think giving up my personal Facebook is an effective thing to use as I still go on all social media for work. I also gave up solitaire on my iPad at night. I am not getting up early enough to do my Bible study at home (I snooze through the 15 minute alarm I set for it-sadly) so I'm doing it as I get to the office so though I pray it's not like it was when I worked from home. I just ready Anna's Lent post on giving up nearly all internet. That's impossible with my job but I'm envious of that ability. I've decided to rededicate myself with the days I have left to zero internet/social media/iPad/iPhone use outside of texting at night. Not even reading on my iPad. I have stacks of magazines and books that I've been putting off reading. What are you doing for Lent?

Please send me all of your Instant Pot recipes! I have had one since last summer and have not used it once. Oops! I have woefully been neglecting a lot of cooking. I mean I still cook but it's more convenience meals than I'd like to admit. Getting up earlier to get my slow cooker set is not happening-we've discussed that already.

I hope to get back to here soon but if you don't hear from me then go to Southern WASP's Facebook page and see what I've been up to. I am on Tumblr more frequently as that app actually works.

18 January 2017

Daybook

For Today
January 18. 2017

Outside my window... It is dark and cloudy outside of the high rise. It looks like we may get some storms but the weather app disagrees. It's 61 with a high of 67 expected. Yesterday we were 1* from breaking a record at 74!  

I am thinking about... how fast time goes by. I honestly had no idea that I have not posted one of these Daybook's since September. I love these! I had the stomach flu which really knocked me down.  

I am thankful... for my job. I was just telling my cousin this morning that I am so grateful for being in the right industry (marketing) and have insurance. 

I am wearing... dress (maroon), cardigan (navy), necklace, bracelet, watch (similar), Alice band, ballet flats (navy)

I am going... to take Bry to work, dry cleaner, and then home (after I finish working). 

I am hoping... to actually fulfill my word of the year and find balance.

In the kitchen... breakfast was cantaloupe, lunch will be leftover pasta with sausage and alfredo and garlic toast, I do not know what dinner will be yet. 

I am reading... Vogue magazine, Deep Run Roots by Vivian Howard, and Suck Your Stomach In by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Favorite Quote... Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." - George Washington

A peek into my day... when my Father-in-Law passed away, we visited with my family in Indiana. In this photo L-R ( Michaeala, Rea (niece), Bryson, Chad (nephew)

02 January 2017

Thoughts for 2017


Ring out wild bells to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,...
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
~Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892), In Memoriam A.H.H., 1833.

If you're on social media, I am sure you've seen many of your "friends" talk about how awful 2016 was and that they're glad it is over. Part of me can understand their thinking because when one has a bad year the new year is oftentimes a new start and you have hope that it will be better than the last. I, for one, had a great 2016! I hope (but never expect) that The Lord makes this year good as well.

My word for last year was Hustle and hustle I did. I got a new job, continued to educate myself in my field (digital media), and have kept on top of my senior. However, I hustled only and so this year I need time management. I need Balance. I will continue to hustle at work but I need to find balance in the rest of my life. For the first 4-5 months of my new job I came home from work, made dinner, and did absolutely nothing else. My body is now acclimated to working so I need to do better about our dinners, blogging, swimming, running our house, and still staying on top of my senior. That's my goal for today-make a plan in order to get this balance.

What are your goals for this year? Also, besides soup, how do you use your Instant Pot?



24 December 2016

Merry Christmas!

 Do you recall my last post? We came home from my Father-in-law's memorial and then a few days later my youngest son and husband came down with the stomach flu. They have been super sick for about 4 days. I have been working full time, Christmas shopping, cooking, taking care of them, and so much more. Normally we would be in Kentucky this weekend but with the guys possibly being contagious, it's not fair to infect others so we are home this year.
 Tonight we are going to watch movies and eat (if they can) appetizers just as we did when I was growing up. Unfortunately all but 1 of my son's presents is up north. So, it won't be that great of a Christmas for him tomorrow, he will feel downright spoiled in a few days. Christmas is not about presents anyhow. It is about the birth of our Lord and Savior. Normally we listen to my Uncle Larry read the Christmas Story (you know, the one Linus recites) so we will do it here.
Here are a few of my past Christmas posts that I hope you will enjoy. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas! See you in a few days. 2015 2015 2014 2013 2012


09 December 2016

What Have I Been Up To?


It has been a few weeks since I last posted. Let me explain why. First of all, work. I do not know how bloggers full time and blog every day. I'm woefully behind on my Christmas shopping and need to find some time this weekend to catch up!

The main reason I have been away is my sweet father-in-law. He has been in and out of the hospital (which we traveled to Ohio during Thanksgiving week to be with him). While we were in Ohio, there was some drama with some family members. He didn't want to live that way and last weekend he got his wish and passed away. There's been sadness and anger yet happiness talking about how wonderful he was as a father and grandfather. A good man went to be with his wife and so we cannot be too sad, can we? 
Check my Facebook and Tumblr pages for sales, gift ideas, and future posts!


14 November 2016


I posted a few links and codes for sales on my Facebook today. Go look and see who's having a sale. Most end TODAY so hurry on over!

I updated my Tumblr and Pinterest over the weekend as well.

06 November 2016

Roasted Chicken Recipes


I am a HUGE fan of Costco's Roasted Chicken. It is around $5 and will last a few dinners if used properly. Add some vegetables and a grain (sometimes included) and you're set! My friend Rachel texted me a few weeks ago asking for some ideas of what to do with leftover roast chicken and I rattled off some ideas, which led to this post. First of all, shred the entire thing while it is still warm. Use quality ingredients. I purchase organic Cream of Chicken soup but you can make your own.

Waldorf Chicken Salad- Serving ideas: inside of a pita; on top of a salad; wrapped in romaine leaf.

Curry Chicken salad

Honey Chicken Salad- Serve on croissants. This includes how I cook chicken breasts in my slow cooker so I have shredded chicken on hand.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie or this one Serve with a salad.

White Chili-  serve with cornbread and avocado.

Chicken 'n Chips Casserole (I replace the chilies with salsa)- again, all that is needed is a salad but I think it's tasty with green beans.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti- tomatoes, okra, green beans, or broccoli go great with this.

BBQ Chicken Pizza- I am lazy and either buy a pre-made crust or the ball of dough from Trader Joe's. This recipe includes the dough however if you feel inclined.

Burrito Bowls- Similar to Chipotle

Mom's Chicken Pockets
4 oz. softened cream cheese
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 C. cooked diced chicken
.25 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. chopped onion (I use minced dried onion)
1 can crescent rolls (use Trader Joe's if possible for non-hydrogenated oils)
3/4 C crushed cheese croutons
1/2 stick melted butter

Preheat oven to 350. In small bowl, blend cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. melted butter until smooth with mixer. Add chicken, salt, pepper, milk, and onions, mixing well. Separate crescent roll dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Spoon 1/2 cup of chicken mixture into center. Pull 4 corners together; twist and seal edges. Brush top, bottom and sides of pockets with melted butter. Springkle with crushed croutons on top. Bake 25 minutes.

There's so much more that you can make with roasted chicken. What is your favorite recipe?

02 November 2016

Welcome November

 
My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted grey
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise. 

Where is the time going? I did not intend to take a break from blogging since September. It just happened. My husband and I are always talking about how fast time flies. I think the older one gets the faster it goes. Muzzie used to tell me that and I firmly believe her now.

I love November as theoretically it finally cools down after the very long and hot summer. This year has been particularly brutal. The windows are open and the mornings are dark and chilly. Now the afternoons are still warm so layers are required. By the time I walk out of my cold office, the leggings and cardigan are off and hair is up because it's warm.

B and I went up to Helen 2 weekends ago and it was beautiful! If you're in the Southeast, I recommend making a trip and staying in a cabin.

I need to get to work. Y'all have a great rest of your week!

Happy November!

*Images

28 September 2016

Chitlins Update


It has been a good while since I've done an update on the children, or chitlins as I call them. They are all doing well for the most part. I'll start with the oldest, Nicholas. He is still deployed (cannot share details) but is happy. This is his second deployment and for some strange reason he's happiest when deployed. He will be home early next year.
 

Michaela is doing great in L.A. She has lost 100 pounds since moving! She works out like crazy and eats a low carb diet, which is easier to do with all of the inexpensive fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables out there. She's regularly working as a make-up artist, including just finished a Netflix show.
 

Bryson is a senior in high school and is doing pretty well. He has had some recent girl drama but let's face it, that happens in high school. We are looking at tech schools for next year (coding) and he's working at a local fast food restaurant.

I'm blessed to be their mother.

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22 September 2016

Autumnal Equinox

Photo cred.
 
Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
And turn your eyes around,
Where waving woods and waters wild
Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them —
The summer flowers depart —
Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,
Except your musing heart.

How there you sat in summer-time,
May yet be in your mind;
And how you heard the green woods sing
Beneath the freshening wind.
Though the same wind now blows around,
You would its blast recall;
For every breath that stirs the trees,
Doth cause a leaf to fall.

Oh! like that wind, is all the mirth
That flesh and dust impart:
We cannot bear its visitings,
When change is on the heart.
Gay words and jests may make us smile,
When Sorrow is asleep;
But other things must make us smile,
When Sorrow bids us weep!

The dearest hands that clasp our hands, —
Their presence may be o’er;
The dearest voice that meets our ear,
That tone may come no more!
Youth fades; and then, the joys of youth,
Which once refresh’d our mind,
Shall come — as, on those sighing woods,
The chilling autumn wind.

Hear not the wind — view not the woods;
Look out o’er vale and hill —
In spring, the sky encircled them —
The sky is round them still.
Come autumn’s scathe — come winter’s cold —
Come change — and human fate!
Whatever prospect Heaven doth bound,
Can ne’er be desolate.
 
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, The Autumn

19 September 2016

September's Simple Woman's Daybook

 
For Today
September 19, 2016

Outside my window... It is finally a tad cooler at 87 but still quite humid so it feels like 90. I'm hoping the 90's are over soon! Our swimming pool closed so I need it to cool down so I don't have FOMO. 

I am thinking about... my how blessed I am in my job. I'm much less tired when I get home so after nearly 6 months my body is getting used to being out and about all day.   

I am thankful... that my husband and my children want to talk to us, even after they move away.

I am going... after home after work. 

I am hoping... to do better on my diet (she says while drinking an iced PSL).

In the kitchen... breakfast was breakfast burrito, lunch was leftover pasta, and dinner will be chicken pot pie* and salad with chocolate chip cookies for dessert (for Bry and Bryan). 

I am reading... Garden & Gun magazine and The Waiting Time by Eugenia Price. I always snapchat when I start a new book so make sure you follow me there (vintagewasp).

Favorite Quote... “The fairies, as was their custom, clapped their hands with delight over their cleverness." J.M. Barrie

A peek into my day... this is from Labor Day with my sister and her husband, niece, Bryan, and Bry. We went to dinner at Cracker Barrel.
 
*Please make sure to use real Cream of Chicken soup like from Pacific. I get mine at Publix but Whole Foods also sells it.

09 September 2016

Working Essentials



Since working outside of the home for a few months I thought I'd share a few essentials (to me). I start my morning at 6:30 when my alarm goes off then I fight staying in the bed for 5-10 minutes. I put on my clothes by the light of my iPhone then head into the kitchen for water. Hydration is key for pretty skin, especially as we age! Then I head into my son's bathroom as it has a vanity. I moisturize, brush teeth, "put on my face", flat iron my hair, and put on my perfume and jewelry. Then I head into kitchen to make my son and my lunches and our breakfasts. Wake up the "child" as he typically sleeps through his alarm. Then put my bag together: iPad in case, keyboard, headphones, wallet, acetaminophen, breath strips, lunch, water bottle, social media calendar (work) and notebook, and last but not least, my phone. I keep chargers in my car and at work but if you do not, make sure to put one in your bag as well. If you buy the wall charger for your iPad, it will charge your iPhone up quickly. Of course copious amounts of caffeine will be required. I fill up a Tervis cup with Starbucks from my refrigerator, or if I have time, then stop by DD or Sbux and get a pumpkin iced coffee (not latte).

Getting dressed requires a few things to take into consideration. What is the weather inside and outside of your office? Will any important clients be coming in the office? What are your plans for after work? Above all else, what will make you feel confident? My #1 suggestion is cardigans! My sister told me to invest in 3-4 as they will be in demand, especially in the summer. It is hot outside so you need sleeveless or short sleeves but inside of the office it is often cold (as it is in hers and mine). My office is business casual with an emphasis on business. For instance the guys wear dress pants with polos or button ups. The other girl and I wear dress pants with Elsa type shirt or button up or dresses (what I mainly wear). Being in the front, it is important that I dress up more than the rest of the crew as I am the first person a perspective client will see so I dress up more than the other girl in the office. You'll find me in a lot of knit sheaths or fit and flare dresses with flats and cardigans. Also pearls, pretty much always pearls, but I do want this necklace since my state one was recently vacuumed. :(. Shoes, shoes are very important for your look and comfort. I have heard lots of great comments about Ivanka Trump shoes but I have not tried them myself. What I do is I wear flip flops to and from the parking garage into the high rise and then change into one of the 3 pairs of Sam Edelman flats in my desk as they as comfortable and classic.

At your desk keep hand sanitizer, lotion, favorite pens, and a few snacks. In my desk, I currently have Trader Joe fruit bars, beef jerky, and packets of Justin's peanut butter to be mixed with my daily banana. In our refrigerator I'm stocking Bai. Of course we have water and coffee but since going off of Mountain Dew I have to replace it with something flavorful and Bai is low carb and delicious!

Also in my desk are magazines. I typically buy them from my library and bring in a few to read during lunch (I eat at my desk so I can leave early). Keep books updated on your iPad too for when you do not have a magazine.

This is getting lengthy so I'll stop here but if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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